A few weeks ago I didn’t even know Zoom existed. Now, I’ve used the app to talk with several family members as well as my therapist. All my teacher friends are talking about (besides their existential dread) is Zoom this and Zoom that. With our increasing reliance on this software, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan is now giving K-12 schools in Japan, Italy, and the United States Zoom videoconferencing tools for free.
As COVID-19 disrupts daily life and work activities, Zoom has emerged as one of the leading tools schools and businesses are using to keep running. On Wednesday, 343,000 people globally downloaded the Zoom app, 60,000 in the U.S. alone.
“Given that many K-12 schools are starting closing, we decided to offer Zoom access to all K-12 schools in the country starting tomorrow,” Yuan said.
Students or teachers who fill out an online form using their school email addresses and are verified by Zoom will then have any accounts associated with that school’s domain get unlimited temporary meeting minutes. The free Basic accounts are also available by request in Austria, Denmark, France, Ireland, Poland, Romania, and South Korea.
On Twitter, Zoom is also becoming a way for people to joke about the new work-from-home reality many of them are trying to adjust to.
Just got an email from a prof: “As a reminder, you are required to wear clothes during Zoom meetings.”
Rules are made when they become necessary, not before.
— memento mori (@ellen_perleberg) March 11, 2020
Zoom gonna be hosting the next debate looking like this pic.twitter.com/4YnkroG3TR
— Neoliberal 🌐 (@ne0liberal) March 12, 2020
Zoom feature request exclusive to CEOs: the ability to enter any Zoom call in your organization at any time so you can disrupt meetings as you would normally when walking by conference rooms.
— Aaron Levie (@levie) March 11, 2020
“I’m seeing a lot of funny tweets now, so this is something new,” says Yuan.
Enjoy your Zoom sessions, everyone! It’s the new way to work and play.